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Welcome to the June 2005 issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

Table of Contents:

  1. Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
  2. My Aching Elbow!
  3. Healthy Food in Fighting Arthritis
  4. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Featured Content from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center


  1. Glucosamine Chondroitin and Chondroitin Sulfate
    Glucosamine is readily produced in the human body and is necessary for the production of joint cartilage. As we age, producing enough glucosamine becomes more difficult and cartilage begins to detiorate causing stiffness and painful joints.
  2. Update from Lake Placid
    All is well here in Lake Placid. I am still at home training until the the end of May and then I will be headed back to Maine. Training has been going really well and I feel that I am already in pretty good shape.
  3. More Precautions and Approaches to Using NSAIDs
    As our readers know, I am dead set against the use of NSAIDs. Over the counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are now being implicated in possible cardiac complications just as Vioxx and Celebrex have been. Of course, Bextra is on that list too.

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My Aching Elbow!


By J.R. Rogers

Most of us have been through this at one time or another. For a great many reasons, we can get hit with pain in our elbows that just drives us crazy.

What's up with elbow pain?
Most elbow pain comes from some kind of overuse of our forearm muscles. That is not to say that this is the only source of elbow pain but it seems to be a major complaint from those that have pain.

This is one area where rest is extremely important. In a great many cases, the forearm muscles have been overworked or have been used in some way that has caused the pain to begin with. It is a complaint you hear from tennis players and other athletes as well. Of course, it can happen to any of us.

The Simple Test
If you have pain in your arm, and in particular around the elbow area, stand up straight and let the injured side hang straight down. Then, reach across your body to the painful elbow using your other hand. If you feel anything at all protruding from the injured side, you have what the doctor is going to usually call "tennis elbow."

If "tennis elbow" is what you have, it is an inflammation of the tendons. The tendons in your forearm are attached to muscles in your forearm. When you "push" things a little too hard, you are going to get inflammation in that area. And, it hurts.

Business or pleasure?
This is a pain problem that can develop from sports activities or, it may happen just because you have worked that area of your body a little too hard. It may happen to construction workers, those who operate sewing machines, or simply those who work long hours at a computer.

Getting It Right
This is another signal from our body that we are doing something wrong. This also can mean a long course of medical treatments if not dealt with correctly which can be expensive from a medical standpoint.

You have to rest this kind of injury. Rest is one of nature's ways of healing. Most physicians will likely tell you to use an NSAID (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) for pain relief. Any regular reader of these chronicles knows that I do not agree with using them. Recent news events have agreed.

If you have not been watching the news or reading the newspaper, NSAID's can be dangerous. An example of this would be ibuprofen. If that is not working, the doctors will tell you that you can move up the therapy to steroid injections. In my opinion, this is just another dangerous course of action. Finally, there is a new kind of medical treatment or therapy that sends sound waves into the injured area.

Scar Tissue
You need to be aware that scar tissue can form when you have this kind of injury. That in itself is not a good thing. For that reason, it is important to try to gain some control early on.

The Alternative Option
Rest the area! Do not try to just "work your way through it" and ignore reality. This can be a serious problem. Using a high-quality liquid glucosamine product will normally give you just as much pain relief as an NSAID without the risk of side effects.

I would also suggest that patience is needed here. It may take a few weeks to get things under control. Treat the injury with respect. It can cause you a great deal of harm in the long run so "listen to your body" and act accordingly.

Finally, if this does not appear to be the problem, see a physician.

See you next time.

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Healthy Foods in Fighting Arthritis


Italian Zucchini Pies
Serve this great side dish with chicken and Italian dishes.

  • 4 cups sliced zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 2 tablespoons parsley flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 unbaked (9-inch) pie shells

Sauté zucchini an onion in margarine in large skillet for 10 minutes or until tender. Stir in parsley, salt, pepper, basil, garlic powder and oregano.

Combine eggs and mozzarella cheese in bowl; add to zucchini mixture. Pour into pie shells.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until set. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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Italian Zucchini Pies

Serves 12.

Per Serving:
Calories 269; Fat 19 g; Cholesterol 50 mg; Fiber 1 g; Sodium 423 mg

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Please note:
As readers of this Chronicle are aware, prudent exercise benefits those who suffer from arthritis. Most of the exercise recommendations made here are low impact in nature and designed to assist those who suffer from arthritis. Nonetheless, we always recommend that you consult with your physician before engaging in any type of exercise program.

 

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